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The Bible, Christians And True Believers

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Then there is the one that is the statement of condemnation by people who abhor pride and haughtiness: "Pride goes [goeth] before a fall." The original statement in the Bible comes from Proverbs 16:18 and reads thus: "Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall."

But it's not only verses that people get totally wrong but entire versions and accounts in the Bible that have been distorted and twisted to suit the social climate and church doctrine. Everyone -- Christian and unbeliever -- knows the Genesis Story. That story, attributed to the Bible, claims that Satan in the guise of s serpent tempted Eve to pick an apple that God forbade her and her mate, Adam, from eating. The tree was called the Tree of Life. That act caused "Sin" to enter the world and led man to suffer today.

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Funny thing is that the Bible does not record or report Satan in the Garden of Eden and Genesis never mentions anything about a serpent. Indeed, the idea of a devil that tempts innocent people and is called Satan postdates the Garden of Eden story by about 500 years. In other words, the Satan as the Devil part of Christian doctrine and belief came 500 years AFTER the Bible was established as the Christian holy book.

And no, the Bible never said that a whale swallowed Jonah. Simple minded and ignorant "good Christians" assumed that seeing as the whale was the largest animal in the sea, it stands to reason that only it was capable of swallowing a grown man. So over the years "whale" was substituted for "fish" the word found in the Bible. For Christian preachers and their flocks they took the editorial license to edit and interpret what God really meant. For the faithful they unquestionably believed as their "faith" demanded -- unquestioning, blind, unthinking belief.

Today, this behavior is replayed over and over again all across America -- not only in the Bible Belt -- each and every day in churches and living rooms where ordinary citizens gather to do "Bible Study." Usually, this is simply a group of ordinary devout Christian people, with no scholarly background, having coffee and cakes, and interpreting the Bible in their own simplistic way.

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